Industrial Engineering Film Library, University of Iowa
Great shots of groceries being rung up, 1940s grocery store, 1940s grocery assemblies. 1940s canned goods, packaged and unpackaged foods, meats in butcher paper, fresh fruit and vegetables free-rolling.
Cashier and bag clerk ring up and pack groceries for customers.
Cashier operates manual cash register.
Bag clerk is young man in button-up shirt and bow tie.
Customers are women.
Cashier and clerk are depicted using different logistical strategies of unpacking and pricing and boxing groceries.
Male customer purchase many canned goods.
Scenes depict the processing of progressively larger and larger grocery orders.
Scenes depict different cart designs and their usefulness.
End scene title:
"Suggestions for Redesign of Cart: Make Cart Higher so that both baskets can be easily slid off cart onto counter."
Investigation made by Louis E. Davis, Don C. Morris, Robert N. Blane under the direction of Ralph M. Barnes at the University of Iowa. With the cooperationof the A&P Store Iowa City.
August 25, 2015 Subject:
Probably $1,00 an Hour
She is punching keys, for each digit of the price of each item and the decimal. No scanner thingee. Register gives a total but does not calculate change for cash tendered. Change is quickly and accurately calculated in her head. All cash transactiions- no credit card swiper to tender exact amount. For maybe a dollar an hour.
They want to pay a person (using a scanner, using a register that calculates the change, and most transactions are the swipe of a card anyway) FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR??? You don't even need to know addition or subtraction tables...and $15 an hour??? Like, on what planet? Not earth I hope.
January 6, 2014 Subject:
DONT TOUCH MUH GROCERIES
As a grocery clerk, I found the methods used in this film just ultrabizarre. Even the "improved methods" shown in this film don't neccessarily improve anything (cranking the register a wee bit?). Number 1, I wonder why it was so taboo in those days for the customer to unload the groceries themselves. Getting the cashier (and bagger) to do it, and worst of all, to bend over and get items from the cart certainly doesn't help at all. And what was with all that sorting? I guess, now that I think about it, was purely to easily seperate everything on the bill. I do like the leaning bag thing though. As I'm in the industry, I'm somewhat partial to this film, and that's why it's a MUST SEE on this site!